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Life-stages - Education institution attending

In 2011, 8.5% of Rockhampton's population aged 0 to 4 years attended an educational institution.

The share of particular age groups attending education is a particularly important socio-economic characteristic, when applied to age groups under 25.

Typically, the ages at which people are likely to attend particular education is as follows:

  • 0 to 5 - pre-school
  • 5 to 11 - primary school
  • 12 to 17 - secondary school
  • 18 to 24 - TAFE and university
  • 25 or older - mature age students

Significantly lower rates of school attendance among those age groups to which it usually applies can indicate a high school dropout rate, while high rates can indicate the presence of major schools in the area. For tertiary education, this is particularly affected by proximity to universities, and some areas may have close to 100% of their 18-24 year olds in university education, indicating an area catering for students in particular. A low rate may mean a loss of young people who move elsewhere for education.

Derived from the Census question:

'What type of educational institution is the person attending?'

Children aged 0 to 4 years

Education institution attending
Rockhampton - 0 to 4 years20112006Change
Type of institutionNumber%QueenslandNumber%Queensland2006 to 2011
Attending6428.513.970410.913.9-62
Pre-school5597.412.55879.112.3-28
Primary school540.70.9651.01.1-11
Secondary school00.00.000.00.00
TAFE00.00.000.00.00
University00.00.000.00.00
Other290.40.4520.80.5-23
Not attending6,61188.083.05,51685.482.4+1,095
Not stated2573.43.12423.73.7+15

Source: Australian Bureau of Statistics, Census of Population and Housing 2006 and 2011. Compiled and presented by .id , the population experts.

Education institution attending, 2011
Education institution attending, 2011 Attending, Queensland: 13.9% Pre-school, Queensland: 12.5% Primary school, Queensland: 0.9% Secondary school, Queensland: 0.0% TAFE, Queensland: 0.0% University, Queensland: 0.0% Other, Queensland: 0.4% Not attending, Queensland: 83.0% Not stated, Queensland: 3.1% Attending, Rockhampton: 8.5% Pre-school, Rockhampton: 7.4% Primary school, Rockhampton: 0.7% Secondary school, Rockhampton: 0.0% TAFE, Rockhampton: 0.0% University, Rockhampton: 0.0% Other, Rockhampton: 0.4% Not attending, Rockhampton: 88.0% Not stated, Rockhampton: 3.4%
Source: Australian Bureau of Statistics, Census of Population and Housing, 2011 (Usual residence data)
Compiled and presented in profile.id by .id, the population experts.
Change in education institution attending, 2006 to 2011
Change in education institution attending, 2006 to 2011 Attending, Rockhampton: -62 Pre-school, Rockhampton: -28 Primary school, Rockhampton: -11 Secondary school, Rockhampton: 0 TAFE, Rockhampton: 0 University, Rockhampton: 0 Other, Rockhampton: -23 Not attending, Rockhampton: +1,095 Not stated, Rockhampton: +15
Source: Australian Bureau of Statistics, Census of Population and Housing, 2006 and 2011 (Usual residence data)
Compiled and presented in profile.id by .id, the population experts.

Dominant groups

Analysis of the population aged 0 to 4 years attending educational institutions in Rockhampton in 2011 compared to Queensland shows that there was a lower proportion attending pre-school school, a similar proportion attending primary school, and a higher proportion not engaged in any education.

Overall, 7.4% of the population aged 0 to 4 years were attending pre-school, 0.7% were attending primary institutions, and 88.0% were not engaged in any education, compared with 12.5%, 0.9% and 83.0% respectively for Queensland.

The major differences between the share of people aged 0 to 4 years attending learning institutions in Rockhampton and Queensland were:

  • A larger percentage of people not attending any educational institutions (88.0% compared to 83.0%)
  • A smaller percentage of people attending pre-school (7.4% compared to 12.5%)

Emerging groups

From 2006 to 2011, Rockhampton's population aged 0 to 4 years increased by 1,048 people (+16.2%). This represents an average annual change of 3.05% per year over the period.

The largest change in the number of people aged 0 to 4 years attending education institutions in Rockhampton, between 2006 and 2011 was:

  • Not attending (+1,095 persons)

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